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ROBINSON , THEODORE HENRY ( 1881 - 1964 ), professor, scholar and author .

Born 9 Aug. 1881 at Edenbridge , Kent , son of W. Venis Robinson , minister (B) , and his wife Emily Jane . He was educated at Mill Hill School ; St. John's College , Cambridge ; the Baptist College , Regent's Park , London ; and Göttingen University . He was Litt.D. of Cambridge University and D.D. of London University . He was for a period Professor of Hebrew and Syriac at Serampore College , Bengal .

He came to Wales in 1915 , as a lecturer in Semitic languages at the University College , Cardiff , being promoted Professor at Cardiff in 1927 , where he remained until his retirement in 1944 . He was Dean of Theology of the University of Wales , 1937-40 . A number of honours were bestowed upon him, including being Schweich lecturer ( 1926 ), having an hon. D.D. degree conferred on him by the universities of Aberdeen and Wales and D. Theol. of the University of Halle-Wittemberg , and receiving the British Academy 's Burkitt medal for Biblical Studies .

He made his name as the author of a number of standard books which were greatly needed in the field of Old Testament studies; among them were Prophecy and the prophets in the Old Testament ( 1923 ), The decline and fall of the Hebrew kingdoms ( 1926 ), Hebrew religion ( 1930 ) and A history of Israel ( 1932 ), the last two in collaboration with W.O.E. Oesterley . He published a number of books also on the Hebrew and Syriac languages.

His other considerable contribution was his enormous labour for the Society for Old Testament Study ; he was its secretary for a very long period ( 1917-46 ) and president twice (in 1928 and 1946 ). After retiring he went to live in Ealing , and d. 26 June 1964 .

Sources:

  • Who was who? ;
  • H. H. Rowley (ed.), Studies in Old Testament prophecy, presented to Professor Theodore H. Robinson by the Society of Old Testament Study on his sixty-fifth birthday, August 9th, 1946 , 1950 , viiix, and his publications, 201-6.

Author:

Rev. Gwilym Henry Jones, M.A., Ph.D., D.D., Bangor / Menai Bridge

Published date: 2001